Congratulations to Regent Law February Bar Takers


Pass rates for all Virginia Bar Exam applicants and for law schools in Virginia:
First-time Takers Percentage
Overall Percentage
All Virginia Bar Exam Applicants
65.71%
57.45%
Virginia Law Schools:
Appalachian School of Law
25.00%
42.86%
College of William and Mary
50.00%
61.11%
George Mason University
90.00%
75.00%
Liberty University
100.00%
64.29%
Regent University
66.67%
77.27%
University of Richmond
45.45%
50.00%
University of Virginia
100.00%
90.48%
Washington and Lee University
57.14%
40.00%

Career & Alumni Services Director Recognized for Community Service

Regent University's Law Career & Alumni Services director, Darius Davenport, recently received the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association's (NPBA) Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award for his leadership encouraging the legal community's positive impact on Hampton Roads. NPBA president Gary Bryant, the head of the litigation practice at Wilcox & Savage in Norfolk, Va., presented the award to Davenport.

"We are incredibly proud of Darius and the work he has done benefiting the local community," said Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent Law. "Regent Law's Community Service Day has been a tremendous success. Non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads have benefited from these volunteer services, and, as a group, volunteers have performed close to 2,000 hours of community service since the beginning of the program."

The Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award recognizes outstanding hands-on service to the community by a member of the Bar Association who is under 40 years of age. The award, named for the late jurist who served as a role model and mentor for lawyers in the Hampton Roads community, is distributed to only two recipients a year.

"I appreciate the honor," said Davenport. "And now, this award allows us to take the community service we do in the law school and give it a bigger platform." In 2009, Davenport inaugurated Regent Law's annual Community Service Day, a joint volunteer effort of Regent Law students, faculty, staff, and members of the local bar association, providing non-legal services to non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads.

"One of the reasons the Community Service Day is important to Regent is because it's a powerful outreach tool for the law school," said Davenport. "I think lawyers have a certain perception in the local community, and this outreach allows everyone to see us as the servants that lawyers truly are."

The annual event coincides with incoming Regent Law students' orientation activities. Last August, 154 volunteers completed more than 600 hours of community service in one day at locations including Union Mission, Virginia Beach Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children. Previous years' service days have included the Norfolk Law Library, Botanical Gardens, and Red Wing Park in Virginia Beach.

"As attorneys we have a special gift where we can take a client's concerns into the courts," said Davenport. "But, just because we have that special gift doesn't mean we can't get dirty, too."

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

Student Wins Case for Civil Litigation Clinic Client

Wading through the complexities of employment law can be a challenging process even for seasoned attorneys.

Through Regent Law’s Civil Litigation Clinic, current students have the opportunity to gain experience in some of the most challenging practice settings while helping clients in need in the process.

As part of her work with the Clinic, current student Emily Dunn ('13) recently helped a client win back the unemployment benefits which were unfairly denied her by her employer.

Dunn met with her client under the guidance of Professor Kathleen McKee, Director of the Civil Litigation Clinic. Dunn simplified the statutes and information involved in the case, developed a defense for her client based upon the corresponding case law, and won the case in court.

The clinical experience gives students confidence and a sense of accomplishment, eliminating the gap between the classroom and the courtroom.

"Our classes and professors instill in us the confidence we need to successfully represent our clients," Dunn says. "I was able to use that confidence to my client’s benefit in simplifying the process and vindicating her case."

Dunn's clinical experience solidified her desire to help people through the law by researching and advocating on their behalf. She highly recommends the clinic experience to future lawyers who have not yet had a chance to intern in an attorney’s office or in a court setting.

The Civil Litigation Clinic serves clients whose household income is at or below the federal poverty line, handling landlord/tenant, consumer, selected domestic relations, and administrative matters. Under the immediate supervision of an experienced attorney, students have direct responsibility for handling cases from initial interviews to conclusion of representation. The Civil Litigation Clinic has been in operation since January of 1995 and handles approximately 20-30 cases per semester.

Professor Brad Jacob Quoted in WORLD Magazine

Bradley Jacob, associate law professor, was quoted in this WORLD Magazine article on Thursday, April 11, regarding constitutionality of crime prevention via public posts on social media sites.

This Week in the News - 4.15.13

The Regent Law Chapter of the International Justice Mission (IJM) hosted a full calendar of events for “Justice Week” to raise awareness of human trafficking issues. Donations received this week will be contributed to the nonprofit organization, International Justice Mission, whose main purpose is to fight human trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and rehabilitate victims.
On Monday, April 8, IJM hosted a Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9-10, various pieces of student art were on display and up for auction at the Art Exhibit & Auction hosted by IJM. 
Then, on Wednesday evening, April 10, IJM hosted the Film Screening of “Journey To Freedom.”
Students and IJM members gathered again on Thursday, April 11, for a Prayer Walk.
The week’s finale was held on Friday, April 12, with the final IJM event Push 20,000. At this event athletes from Regent University and the surrounding community attempted to perform a total of 20,000 burpees. The number 20,000 signified the estimated number of individuals who are trafficked around the world in a single week.

The Federalist Society hosted Aaron Bare who spoke on Technology, Business, and Society in the Practice of Law on Monday, April 8.

The Office of Career Services hosted a “Don’t Fail the Bar” lunch on Tuesday, April 9. Regent alumni panelists give tips and success strategies for passing the Bar the first time around. Topics also included a discussion on balancing personal life, family, study demands, and important logistics for the week of the bar exam.

As part of the Academic Success Program Dean Gantt and Professor Whittico hosted a Study Skills Workshop on Wednesday, April 10, titled “Advanced Exam Preparation and Taking.”

The Virginia Bar Association Student Council (VBA) concluded the Legal Food Frenzy (Food Drive) on Friday, April 12. The canned food and nonperishable items collection went from Aril 1-12.

On Friday, April 12, the Regent Journal of International Law (RJIL) hosted an interest meeting.

Law Team Wins Second Place in International Moot Court Competition

On Friday, April 12, Regent University School of Law's moot court competition team finished in second place in the University of Oxford's Price Media Law Moot Court Programme. This was Regent Law's first time to participate in an international competition.

Third-year law students Monica Bailey, Alexis Fenell, Kevin Hoffman and Caleb Wan, coached by Professor Michael Hernandez, traveled to Oxford, England, to argue cases regarding the rule of law and international norms for freedom of expression. Regent's moot court team was one of 38 to present arguments in the final international round, competing against globally-recognized law schools such as the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

"In recent years, our Regent Law students have earned much success at the regional and national levels, but it's especially gratifying and exciting to see them place so highly in our first international competition," said Regent Law dean Jeffrey Brauch. "I'm very proud of our moot court team and Coach Mike Hernandez. They all worked extremely hard to reach this prestigious competition, and they represented Regent very well. "

In the final round of arguments, Regent Law's team came out ahead over teams from Addis Ababa University, Ilia State University, Vilnius University, China University of Political Science and Law, Hugh Wooding Law School and Southwestern Law School.

The Price competition, which features regional rounds held in South Asia, South East Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, is known for its wide range of student competitors and notable guest judges from around the world. Regent Law was one of four schools from the United States in the international competition.

Previously, Regent finished second place overall in the Americas Regional Round held in New York City in January 2013. There, the team's legal brief was recognized as the competition's third best brief.

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson
Photo Courtesy of Price Moot Court Competition.

Career & Alumni Services Director Recognized for Community Service

Darius Davenport, Director of Regent Law Career & Alumni Services (pictured R), was recently awarded the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association’s (NPBA) Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award for his leadership in encouraging the legal community’s positive impact on Hampton Roads.

Davenport was presented the award by NPBA president Gary Bryant (pictured L) at a special ceremony held on the campus of Regent University. Bryant is the head of the litigation practice at Wilcox & Savage, Norfolk, Va.

In 2009, Davenport launched Regent Law’s annual Community Service Day, a joint volunteer effort of Regent Law students, faculty, staff, and members of the local bar association providing non-legal services to non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads. The annual event coincides with incoming Regent Law students’ orientation activities.

Last August, 154 volunteers completed more than 600 hours of community service in one day at locations including Union Mission, Virginia Beach Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children. Previous years’ service days have included the Norfolk Law Library, Botanical Gardens, and Red Wing Park in Virginia Beach.

“We are incredibly proud of Darius and the work he has done benefiting the local community,” said Dean Jeffrey Brauch. “Regent Law’s Community Service Day has been a tremendous success. Non-profit organizations across Hampton Roads have benefited from these volunteer services, and, as a group, volunteers have performed close to 2,000 hours of community service since the beginning of the program.”

The NPBA distributes only two awards to its membership each year.

The Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award recognizes outstanding hands-on service to the community by a member of the Bar Association who is under age 40. The award is named for the late jurist who served as a role model and mentor for lawyers in the Hampton Roads community. Of Hoffman’s many accomplishments and accolades, he was best known for the "rocket docket" administrative system that made the Eastern District of Virginia one of the most efficient federal courts in the country, and the Edward J. Devitt Award for Distinguished Service to Justice in 1984. In 1983, the federal courthouse in Norfolk, Va., was named in his honor.

Recently on Campus - 4.8.13

Regent University School of Law is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of preLaw magazine for its Bar pass success. View the article on page 12 here. You will be prompted to submit an email address before being able to view content.

The Virginia Bar Association Student Council (VBA) kicked off the Legal Food Frenzy (Food Drive) on Monday, April 1. The canned food and nonperishable items collection will continue through April 12. Donation boxes are located in the lobby of Robertson Hall, the Library, and the Student Services building. Please see here for more information. To donate online, click here. Please be sure to name Regent Law as the organization.

“Rules of Engagement for Summer Interns” was hosted by Career Services on Tuesday, April 2. The event featured local attorneys in a panel discussion on legal etiquette and research and writing tips.

Three hundred new chairs were delivered to the Law Library on Tuesday, April 2 as a part of the Foundation for Justice campaign.

The Federalist Society hosted Professor John Stinneford from the University of Florida, Levin School of Law, on Tuesday, April 2. He spoke on the original intent of the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. His talk was followed by a commentary provided by Regent Law Professor David Wagner.

An all COGS Chapel was held on Thursday, April 4, featuring a message from Randy Clark, noted international speaker, author, and the director of the ministry Global Awakening.

Regent University Law Review held an informational lunch on Friday, April 5.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) hosted a barbeque, picnic, and comedy event for students on Friday evening, April 5.

Regent Law Hosts U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Regent University School of Law students had an exceptional opportunity to witness appeals-in-action as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held case hearings at the law school on Thursday, March 28. Three Court of Appeals judges, hosted by Regent's Moot Court Board, heard oral arguments on three cases.

"Regent was honored to host the Fourth Circuit for the first time in the history of our law school," said Law dean Jeffrey Brauch. "This was an outstanding opportunity for our students and our faculty to see the work of the court in person and also interact with the visiting judges."

During its 2012-13 term, the Court, which is based in Richmond, Va., visited several law schools in Virginia and West Virginia to hear arguments. More than 300 Regent Law students, faculty and other guests filled the university's Moot Courtroom to observe the proceedings.

"This is one of the highest court systems in our country," said third-year law student, Ottie Allgood. "And for the Fourth Circuit Court to take the time to be here is a big deal."

Allgood explained that the court's presence on campus was not only an honor, but it also served as a reminder to students that their law school education will one day be put to practical use in their aspirations to become practicing attorneys.

"These cases today were real-world problems, and they will have real-world consequences," said Allgood. "It just really puts it into perspective as to why we're all here."

Aside from witnessing the oral arguments, Regent Law students also engaged in a question and answer session with the judges immediately following the hearings. The judges urged and encouraged current students to "write, write, write" and to tackle their briefs as though they would never have the opportunity to vocalize their arguments in court. They also encouraged the students as they begin to pursue careers at the end of their legal education.

At the invitation of the law school, about 20 students and teachers from the Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach also attended the hearing. Sarah Benhoff, third-year law student, was impressed to see prospective law students in the audience.

"When I look back as an alumna, it will be good to see the school I attended helping future students," said Benhoff. "I'm already proud of my future alma mater."

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson

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